An opera company in Australia will be able to keep its sponsor and program Bizet’s Carmen.
The West Australian Opera Company had eliminated the popular opera from its programming because it has entered into a two-year agreement with a government health agency.
In the opera, Carmen works in a cigar factory. The Company did not include the popular work in it’s programming when it applied for a grant from Healthway, which advocates a lifestyle that excludes tobacco.
But there was a public outcry that reached up to the office of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who called the move “political correctness gone crazy.”
West Australia’s Deputy Premier says he will direct Healthway to allow the company to stage Carmen while maintaining the sponsorship.